Warrick County, Indiana

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Warrick County, Indiana
Warrick County Courthouse.jpg
Warrick County courthouse in Boonville, Indiana
Map of Indiana highlighting Warrick County
Location in the state of Indiana
Map of the United States highlighting Indiana
Indiana's location in the U.S.
Founded April 30, 1813
Named for Jacob Warrick
Seat Boonville
Largest city Boonville
Area
 • Total 391.05 sq mi (1,013 km2)
 • Land 384.82 sq mi (997 km2)
 • Water 6.24 sq mi (16 km2), 1.60%
Population
 • (2010) 59,689
 • Density 136/sq mi (53/km²)
Congressional district 8th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Footnotes:  

  • Indiana county number 87
  • Ninth oldest county in Indiana

Warrick County is a county located in the U.S. state of Indiana. As of 2010, the population was 59,689.[1] The county seat is Boonville.[2] It was organized in 1813 and was named for Captain Jacob Warrick, an Indiana militia company commander killed in the Battle of Tippecanoe in 1811. It is one of the ten fastest growing counties in Indiana.[3]

Warrick County is the eastern part of the Evansville, INKY Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History[edit]

Warrick County was formed by statute, March 9, 1813, effective April 1, 1813. Knox County was affected by this formation. Warrick County boundaries began at the mouth of the Wabash River; then up the Wabash River with the meanders thereof to the mouth of the White River; then up the White River with the meanders thereof to the Forks of the White River; then up White River East Fork to where the line between Sections 20 and 29, Township 1 North, Range 4 West, strikes the same; then with that line to the then Harrison County line; then with that line dividing Harrison and Knox Counties to the Ohio River; then down the Ohio River, to the place of beginning. The same was divided into two separate and distinct counties, by a line beginning on the Wabash River, known as Rector's Base Line (was surveyed by William Rector on the line between Townships 4 South and 5 South, from New Harmony, Posey County, and Alton, Crawford County, Indiana), and with that line east until it intersects the then Harrison County line and that tract of land falling within the southern division thereof was Warrick County.

Geography[edit]

Warrick County Sheriff's Department
Agency overview
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction* County (US) of Warrick in the state of Indiana, United States
Legal jurisdiction As per operations jurisdiction.
General nature
Operational structure
Agency executive Brett Kruse, Sheriff
Facilities
Stations 1
Jails 1
Footnotes
* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.

According to the 2010 census, the county has a total area of 391.05 square miles (1,012.8 km2), of which 384.82 square miles (996.7 km2) (or 98.41%) is land and 6.24 square miles (16.2 km2) (or 1.60%) is water.[4]

Adjacent Counties[edit]

Cities and towns[edit]

Townships[edit]

Major highways[edit]

Climate and weather[edit]

Boonville, Indiana
Climate chart (explanation)
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Precipitation totals in inches
Source: The Weather Channel[5]

In recent years, average temperatures in Boonville have ranged from a low of 23 °F (−5 °C) in January to a high of 89 °F (32 °C) in July, although a record low of −24 °F (−31 °C) was recorded in January 1994 and a record high of 101 °F (38 °C) was recorded in July 1999. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 2.71 inches (69 mm) in September to 5.08 inches (129 mm) in March.[5]

Government[edit]

The county government is a constitutional body, and is granted specific powers by the Constitution of Indiana, and by the Indiana Code.

County Council: The county council is the legislative branch of the county government and controls all the spending and revenue collection in the county. Four representatives are elected from county districts, and three are elected as "at-large" members. The council members serve four-year terms. They are responsible for setting salaries, the annual budget, and special spending. The council also has limited authority to impose local taxes, in the form of an income and property tax that is subject to state level approval, excise taxes, and service taxes.[6][7]

Board of Commissioners: The executive body of the county is made of a board of commissioners. The commissioners are elected county-wide, in staggered terms, and each serves a four-year term. One of the commissioners, typically the most senior, serves as president. The commissioners are charged with executing the acts legislated by the council, collecting revenue, and managing the day-to-day functions of the county government.[6][7]

Court: The county maintains a small claims court that can handle some civil cases. The judge on the court is elected to a term of four years and must be a member of the Indiana Bar Association. The judge is assisted by a constable who is also elected to a four-year term. In some cases, court decisions can be appealed to the state level circuit court.[7]

County Officials: The county has several other elected offices, including sheriff, coroner, auditor, treasurer, recorder, surveyor, assessor, and circuit court clerk. Each of these elected officers serves a term of four years and oversees a different part of county government. Members elected to county government positions are required to declare party affiliations and to be residents of the county.[7]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1820 1,749
1830 2,877 64.5%
1840 6,321 119.7%
1850 8,811 39.4%
1860 13,261 50.5%
1870 17,653 33.1%
1880 20,162 14.2%
1890 21,161 5.0%
1900 22,329 5.5%
1910 21,911 −1.9%
1920 19,862 −9.4%
1930 18,230 −8.2%
1940 19,435 6.6%
1950 21,527 10.8%
1960 23,577 9.5%
1970 27,972 18.6%
1980 41,474 48.3%
1990 44,920 8.3%
2000 52,383 16.6%
2010 59,689 13.9%
Est. 2013 61,049 2.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]
1790-1960[9] 1900-1990[10]
1990-2000[11] 2010-2013[1]

As of the census[12] of 2000, there were 52,383 people, 19,438 households, and 15,181 families residing in the county. The population density was 136 people per square mile (53/km²). There were 20,546 housing units at an average density of 54 per square mile (21/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.46% White, 1.00% Black or African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.63% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.16% from other races, and 0.55% from two or more races. 0.65% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 33.2% were of German, 20.8% American, 12.4% English and 10.3% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 19,438 households out of which 37.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.90% were married couples living together, 8.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.90% were non-families. 18.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 3.03.

In the county the population was spread out with 26.90% under the age of 18, 7.20% from 18 to 24, 29.70% from 25 to 44, 25.50% from 45 to 64, and 10.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 96.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $48,814, and the median income for a family was $55,497. Males had a median income of $40,491 versus $24,334 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,893. About 3.50% of families and 5.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.30% of those under age 18 and 6.10% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

The county's school corporation is Warrick County School Corporation which consists of 16 schools (two high schools, one senior/junior high, three middle schools, ten elementary schools, and one alternative school). In the Fall of 2009, the corporation transitioned its stand-alone Junior High schools in the Boonville and Castle High School Districts from the Junior High system to the Middle School system, with the addition of one middle school (Castle South Middle School) in the Castle District. Castle Junior High was renamed Castle North Middle School. Warrick County's three middle schools are composed of grades six through eight.

Warrick County High Schools[edit]

High School Towns/Twps Served Mascot Colors Size Conference
Boonville
High School
Boonville and Tennyson with students from parts of Anderson and Campbell Townships (Chandler and Yankeetown) having the option to attend Boonville or Castle secondary schools.
Boon and Skelton
Pioneers Black,
and Vegas Gold[13]
         
900 Big 8 Conference
Castle
High School
Newburgh, and Chandler
Anderson, Campbell, and Ohio
Knights Royal Blue and Gold
         
1700 Southern Indiana Athletic Conference
Tecumseh Jr./Sr.
High School
Lynnville and Elberfeld
Greer, Hart, Lane, Owen, and Pigeon
Braves Red, White and Blue
              
350 Pocket Athletic Conference
(Participates in football independently)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Warrick County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-09-25. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Population Growth of Counties". ePodunk. Retrieved 2006-08-14. 
  4. ^ "Census 2010 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-10-10. 
  5. ^ a b "Monthly Averages for Boonville, Indiana". The Weather Channel. Retrieved 2011-01-27. 
  6. ^ a b Indiana Code. "Title 36, Article 2, Section 3". IN.gov. Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  7. ^ a b c d Indiana Code. "Title 2, Article 10, Section 2". IN.gov. Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  8. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 
  12. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  13. ^ "School Directory". IHSAA. Retrieved 2010-02-23. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 38°06′N 87°16′W / 38.10°N 87.27°W / 38.10; -87.27